Davide Villella (Cannondale – Drapac) snagged the first pro win of his career Sunday at the Japan Cup. The 25-year-old Italian took advantage of a tough climb on the 10.3-kilometer circuit in Utsunomiya to get clear of the field, and then soloed to victory at the end of a 144.2km day.

“I have missed a victory all season, so I’m really happy to get the win here today,” Villella said. “The teamwork — all of the teammates and all of the staff — was amazing.”

The challenging parcours gradually whittled down the peloton over the course of the afternoon, leaving only a little over 20 riders left to chase Villella when he made his move the start of the 14th and final lap.

“When I attacked, I thought: ‘This is how I can win this race.’” Villella said. “I felt sure if I attacked that I could win. I’m in really good shape at the end of my season.”

Once he’d gotten clear, no one managed to bring Villella back.

Chris Juul-Jensen (Orica – BikeExchange) came closest, crossing the line six seconds down. His Orica teammate Robert Power, one of the sport’s most promising young prospects, rounded out the podium in third.

Results

  • 1. Davide VILLELLA, CDT, in 3:46:43
  • 2. Christopher JUUL JENSEN, OBE, at :06
  • 3. Robert POWER, OBE, at :14
  • 4. Manuele MORI, LAMPRE – MERIDA, at :14
  • 5. Oscar PUJOL MUNOZ, UKO, at :14
  • 6. Alex PETERS, TEAM SKY, at :14
  • 7. Benjamin PRADES, UKO, at :17
  • 8. Javier MEGIAS LEAL, TEAM NOVO NORDISK, at :43
  • 9. Yukiya ARASHIRO, LAMPRE – MERIDA, at :43
  • 10. Joseph ROSSKOPF, BMC RACING TEAM, at :43
  • 11. Cameron BAYLY, ATG, at :45
  • 12. Thomas LEBAS, BRIDGESTONE ANCHOR CYCLING TEAM, at :48
  • 13. Taylor PHINNEY, BMC RACING TEAM, at 1:19
  • 14. Mathew HAYMAN, OBE, at 1:19
  • 15. Pier Paolo DE NEGRI, NIPPO – VINI FANTINI, at 1:19
  • 16. Sho HATSUYAMA, BRIDGESTONE ANCHOR CYCLING TEAM, at 1:19
  • 17. Jai CRAWFORD, KIN, at 1:19
  • 18. Nariyuki MASUDA, UTSUNOMIA BLITZEN, at 1:19
  • 19. Jasper STUYVEN, TREK – SEGAFREDO, at 1:19
  • 20. Iuri FILOSI, NIPPO – VINI FANTINI, at 1:19
  • 21. Rodrigo LORENTE ARAQUE, UKO, at 1:19
  • 22. Manuel QUINZIATO, BMC RACING TEAM, at 1:19
  • 23. Kristoffer SKJERPING, CDT, at 1:19
  • 24. Simone PETILLI, LAMPRE – MERIDA, at 1:19
  • 25. Ryota NISHIZONO, BRIDGESTONE ANCHOR CYCLING TEAM, at 1:32
  • 26. Mattia CATTANEO, LAMPRE – MERIDA, at 2:35
  • 27. Takeaki AMEZAWA, UTSUNOMIA BLITZEN, at 2:43
  • 28. Yusuke HATANAKA, UKO, at 3:43
  • 29. Hideto NAKANE, JPN, at 3:43
  • 30. Yuzuru SUZUKI, UTSUNOMIA BLITZEN, at 3:47
  • 31. Masahiro ISHIGAMI, JPN, at 3:54
  • 32. Kevin DE MESMAEKER, TEAM NOVO NORDISK, at 4:25
  • 33. Fumiyuki BEPPU, TREK – SEGAFREDO, at 4:25
  • 34. Jose Vicente TORIBIO ALCOLEA, MATRIX POWERTAG, at 4:25
  • 35. Nicholas SCHULTZ, OBE, at 4:25
  • 36. Grégory RAST, TREK – SEGAFREDO, at 4:25
  • 37. Damiano CUNEGO, NIPPO – VINI FANTINI, at 4:25
  • 38. Ricardo GARCIA AMBROA, KIN, at 4:25
  • 39. Marcos GARCIA, KIN, at 4:25
  • 40. Xabier ZANDIO ECHAIDE, TEAM SKY, at 4:25
  • 41. Charles PLANET, TEAM NOVO NORDISK, at 7:25
  • 42. Rei ONODERA, UTSUNOMIA BLITZEN, at 7:47
  • 43. Kohei UCHIMA, BRIDGESTONE ANCHOR CYCLING TEAM, at 7:47
  • 44. Hayato YOSHIDA, MATRIX POWERTAG, at 7:47
  • 45. Naoya YOSHIOKA, NASU BLASEN, at 7:47
  • 46. Yukihiro DOI, MATRIX POWERTAG, at 7:47
  • 47. Kazuo INOUE, BRIDGESTONE ANCHOR CYCLING TEAM, at 10:00
  • 48. Hayato OKAMOTO, JPN, at 10:00
  • 49. Masakazu ITO, JPN, at 10:00
  • 50. Shao Hsuan LU, ATG, at 10:00
  • 51. Kota SUMIYOSHI, UKO, at 10:00
  • 52. Takaaki HORI, UTSUNOMIA BLITZEN, at 10:51
  • 53. Keisuke KIMURA, JPN, at 12:03
  • DNF Matti BRESCHEL, CDT
  • DNF Matteo BONO, LAMPRE – MERIDA
  • DNF Lars Petter NORDHAUG, TEAM SKY
  • DNF Yuma KOISHI, NIPPO – VINI FANTINI
  • DNF Taylor EISENHART, BMC RACING TEAM
  • DNF Genki YAMAMOTO, NIPPO – VINI FANTINI
  • DNF Daiki YASUHARA, MATRIX POWERTAG
  • DNF Kenji ITAMI, KIN
  • DNF Eugenio ALAFACI, TREK – SEGAFREDO
  • DNF Christian MEIER, OBE
  • DNF Toms SKUJINS, CDT
  • DNF Alan MARANGONI, CDT
  • DNF Stephen CLANCY, TEAM NOVO NORDISK
  • DNF Hayato NISHIO, NASU BLASEN
  • DNF MICHINARI TAKAGI, NASU BLASEN
  • DNF Bauke MOLLEMA, TREK – SEGAFREDO
  • DNF Wen Chung HUANG, ATG
  • DNF Kyohei MIZUNO, NASU BLASEN
  • DNF Masaki SHIMOJIMA, NASU BLASEN
  • DNF Fabian LIENHARD, BMC RACING TEAM
  • DNF Airan FERNANDEZ CASASOLA, MATRIX POWERTAG
  • DNF Ben HILL, ATG
  • DNF Martijn VERSCHOOR, TEAM NOVO NORDISK
  • DNF David LOPEZ GARCIA, TEAM SKY
  • DNF Timothy GUY, ATG